51 days. This was the time that Gabriel was sidelined due to a injury on his right knee, returning to competition in the home match against V. Guimarães for the League Cup, with a display that deserved praises from the Benfica coach.
Fully recovered, the 26-year-old midfielder returned to competition on Wednesday (September 25), date in which Benfica hosted Vitória de Guimarães in the start of the League Cup. A 25-minute display (came on at 65’ to replace the Greek Samaris).
“In width, Gabriel circulates and searches for pass lines better than anyone else. It has a tremendous capacity and speed”, analyzed the coach at the end of the encounter.
With an intervening role in the build-up area, Gabriel contributed for the stats that, at the end of the match (0-0), indicated 56% ball possession for the Reds.
Text: Filipa Fernandes Garcia
Pics: João Paulo Trindade / SL Benfica